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Poster: dead-head_Monte Date: Apr 11, 2009 6:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: NY Times review - GD Forum style?

Bring Out Your Dead

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review in the New York Times

excerpts in quotes

"There was the aggressive, noisy, color-saturated improvising from 1968 to 1970; the gentler and more streamlined songwriting and arranging of ’72 and ’73; the spooky harmonies of 1975; the further mellowing and mild grooves that lay beyond."

"Some will say the “Dark Star” from Veneta, Ore., on Aug. 27, 1972, or the “Dancing in the Street” from Binghamton, N.Y., on May 2, 1970, encapsulates much of what they like about the Grateful Dead.) Beyond that is an area with much thinner air: here involving, say, audience versus soundboard tapes, the mixing biases of different engineers, techniques of customizing early cardioid microphones, and onward into the darkness of obsession."

"THE GRATEFUL DEAD’S live recordings represent a special order of surfeit. Nearly 2,200 Dead shows exist on tape, of the 2,350 or so that the group played. Most of those are available online — either for free streaming on Web sites like archive.org and nugs.net, or for download on iTunes, like the “Dick’s Picks” series and the more recent “Road Trips” archival series, which uses master-tape audio sources."

"Because of the culture of taping and collecting around the concerts, the audience developed a kind of intellectual equity in the band. And as the fans traded more and more tapes, in the nonmonetary currency of mind-blow, a kind of Darwinian principle set in: the most-passed-around tapes were almost quantifiably the best. If a tape wasn’t that good, its momentum sputtered, and it became obscure."

"Deadheads have often been polled about their favorite show, through fanzines and Web sites. The answers have stayed fairly consistent. May 8, 1977, at Barton Hall, Cornell University. The pairing of Feb. 13 and 14, 1970, at the Fillmore East in New York — perhaps the first widely traded shows. The Veneta and Binghamton shows."

"A cache of soundboard tapes made by Betty Cantor-Jackson, the Dead’s live recording engineer, were scattered far and wide when her house in Nicasio, Calif., went into foreclosure and her possessions were sold at public auction."

"The sound quality of the “Betty Boards,” which began circulating in 1987, was exceptional: so good that for the initiates, it nearly reinvented listening. She made her own stereo mix on a separate feed from the house P.A. mix, strictly for posterity, and she considered the mixes from 1977 among her best. (“I want you to be inside the music,” she once said of her audio ideal. “I don’t want stereos playing at you, I want you to be in there, I want it around you.”)"

"But the standards by which we judge the Grateful Dead have changed since then. Over the past several years it has become possible to know entire periods with the same detail and definition with which we once saw individual concerts. In some sense we’re rolling back the microscope to get a closer view."

the Fillmore West show streaming audio - gd68-08-21
vbr audio stream in hi-fi

1969 tape recording of Bear's - Stanley Theatre streaming audio - gd69-02-07
vbr audio stream in hi-fi
64 kb audio stream in lo-fi

the Veneta show streaming audio - gd72-08-27
vbr audio stream in hi-fi
64 kb audio stream in lo-fi

the RFK Stadium streaming audio - gd73-06-10
vbr audio stream in hi-fi
64 kb audio stream in lo-fi

the Barton Hall show streaming audio - gd77-05-08
vbr audio stream in hi-fi
64 kb audio stream in lo-fi

the Oakland Auditorium show streaming audio - gd79-12-28
vbr audio stream in hi-fi
64 kb audio stream in lo-fi

the Anchorage Alaska show streaming audio - gd80-06-21
vbr audio stream in hi-fi
64 kb audio stream in lo-fi

the Lake Placid show streaming audio - gd83-10-17
vbr audio stream in hi-fi
64 kb audio stream in lo-fi

"Maybe that’s the best one can do at the highest level of engagement. Not to try to listen for the best night ever; not even to listen for the best period ever. But to try to figure out why we’re listening at all."

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I met Jerry Moore and Rob Berger yesterday over at LL
we talked about taping equipment for a few moments

Moore-Bergers, please
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AUD.fob mic used for 1973 GD at RFK Stadium - recording on a Sony TC-110 cassette recorder
Sony ECM-99 single-point stereo mic (2-channel, no matrix -- I think it was an X-configuration)
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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 13, 2009 8:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NY Times review - GD Forum style?

I like that Black and White photo - not sure I ever saw that one before.

Thanks DH

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Poster: ducats Date: Apr 12, 2009 5:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NY Times review - GD Forum style?

who are these people and why do they keep following me

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Poster: rastamon Date: Apr 12, 2009 6:22am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NY Times review - GD Forum style?

they are all following you and waiting for those famous two words from you....

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Poster: ducats Date: Apr 12, 2009 7:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NY Times review - GD Forum style?

tell em for me would ya?

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Poster: rastamon Date: Apr 12, 2009 7:48am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NY Times review - GD Forum style?

* BLOW ME!

(its been an honor)

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Apr 11, 2009 7:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: NY Times review - GD Forum style?

i like the spooky harmonies of 1975 http://www.archive.org/details/gd75-09-28.sbd.bertha-ashley.22257.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 11, 2009 7:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: DHMonte...

Never disappoints!